Scarier than the boogeyman

Scarier than the boogeyman

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One of the common issues on the Dark Web – whether you use it or not – is the sale of passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers, and other private data.

Hackers can breach firewalls and software to obtain this information and then go to the Dark Web to sell it to other criminals.

Antivirus protection at a minimum is a practice to use for your school. This will make sure protections are put in place on your network to be on the lookout for computer viruses and other malicious software.

There are 3 other key practices to implement to protect your data:

  1. Keep your eye out for strange emails.
  2. What this means is even if you receive an email from someone you know, check the email address, look for signs of poor grammar or spelling, and tread carefully before clicking any links. If you get something saying your account is suspended and to click to verify details, go straight to the site and check it that way.

  3. Pay attention to data breaches.
  4. An easy way to do this is to subscribe to online newsletters, such as Data Breach Today. This way you’ll be regularly alerted if a large company or school district gets hacked. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on bank statements and credit cards activity to make sure your information is accurate, and you don’t notice anything fraudulent.

  5. Choose unique and hard-to-learn passwords.
  6. As easy as it is for you to remember the same password for every account and device, imagine what happens to your data the second a hacker figure that one out. Choose the strong passwords assigned by your phone or computer, and use a free password tool, such as LastPass to keep track so you don’t have to. Don’t share them with others and don’t use identifying information when selecting them.

While you might do everything in your power to prevent your data from being stolen, you’ll want to have monitoring software in place. We have multiple plans available, depending on your budget. Schedule a 30-minute discovery call to see the cybersecurity protections we offer and determine if your information is already available on the Dark Web with a free scan. Call us at 305-403-7582 or visit https://www.itforedu.com/10-minute-discovery-call/


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